Blue team red team approach to hardware trust assessment

Jeyavijayan Rajendran, Vinayaka Jyothi, Ramesh Karri

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Hardware security techniques are validated using fixed in-house methods. However, the effectiveness of such techniques in the field cannot be the same as the attacks are dynamic. A red team blue team approach mimics dynamic attack scenarios and thus can be used to validate such techniques by determining the effectiveness of a defense and identifying vulnerabilities in it. By following a red team blue team approach, we validated two trojan detection techniques namely, path delay measurement and ring oscillator frequency monitoring, in the Embedded Systems Challenge (ESC) 2010. In ESC, one team performed the blue team activities and eight other teams performed red team activities. The path delay measurement technique detected all the trojans. The ESC exposed a vulnerability in the RO-based technique which was exploited by the red teams causing some trojans to be undetected. Post ESC, we developed a technique to fix this vulnerability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 IEEE 29th International Conference on Computer Design, ICCD 2011
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2011
Event29th IEEE International Conference on Computer Design 2011, ICCD 2011 - Amherst, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 9 2011Nov 12 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Computer Design: VLSI in Computers and Processors
ISSN (Print)1063-6404


Other29th IEEE International Conference on Computer Design 2011, ICCD 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAmherst, MA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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